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    Debating nationhood through images: the visual language of French political cartoons


    McMahon, Ruth (2018) Debating nationhood through images: the visual language of French political cartoons. NPPSH Reflections, 2. pp. 103-116. ISSN 2565-6031

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    Abstract

    Comparable to the metaphorical ‘struggle over domains of belonging and apartness in Africa at the founding of the Mali empire’ (Fernandez, 1991), contemporary France, consistent with the current populist wave in Western Europe and the US, is experiencing a crisis of identity. This identity crisis, ignited by slowing economic growth, rising unemployment and a continuing influx of immigrants, has sparked nationwide debate about Frenchness and citizenship, and is widely apparent in French media, particularly i n the readily accessible visual language of the political cartoon. Within these illustrations, disputes about identity and social hierarchy are negotiated through the use of metaphor in the figurative ‘argument of images’.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: NPPSH; Debating nationhood; images; visual language; French political cartoons;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Research Institutes > An Foras Feasa
    Item ID: 10834
    Depositing User: NPPSH Editor
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 16:26
    Journal or Publication Title: NPPSH Reflections
    Publisher: Maynooth Academic Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
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